April 1, 2012

Washington Capitals Review: March 12 - 21, 2012

Marcus Johansson keeps puck from Detroit's Ian White
during game in Detroit, Michigan on March 19, 2012.
Photo by Dave Reginek / Getty Images via WashingtonCaps.com.

Junior's Eyes goes back to the middle of March 2012 through a sampling of Washington Capitals game reviews, highlights videos and more.

Washington was in the middle of rebounding a bit in the Eastern Conference standings, at the start of this segment. Unfortunately, they faltered somewhat, with more of the 'Jekyll and Hyde' play effort inconsistency that they've been known for throughout this NHL hockey season.

In reverse chronological order, here is the review list.

March 21, 2012

By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

...Heading into tonight’s NHL action, the Caps’ total of 221 power play opportunities this season ranks 27th in the NHL. Only Colorado (204), Dallas (215) and the New York Islanders (220) have had fewer power plays.

The Caps have been shorthanded 247 times themselves this season. Eleven teams have been shorthanded more than Washington has thus far...

March 19, 2012

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Capitals 5, Red Wings 3
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

...A night after they flatlined their way through the first period en route to a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago, the Caps turned the tables on their hosts in the Motor City...

Mathieu Perreault Shows That Crashing The Net
Isn't Just For Big Guys

By Rob Parker at Japers' Rink

...Unlike their bigger-bodied brethren who get the job done with brute force, the smaller players that go to these high-traffic areas need to use guile and timing to find loose pucks in high-percentage scoring spots. After the jump, we'll take a look at how one Washington Capital - one of the smaller players in the League - has been scoring dirty goals by crashing the net...

March 18, 2012

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Blackhawks 5, Capitals 2?
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Faulty First – By the time the Capitals recorded their first shot on goal in Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks in Chicago, their hosts already owned a 2-0 lead. The Hawks thoroughly outplayed the Caps in the game’s first 20 minutes, and while Washington has authored some thrilling comebacks of late, they haven’t done so against teams of Chicago’s caliber...

March 17, 2012

The plot thickens
By Joe Beninati (Capitals TV Play-By-Play) at CSN - Washington, DC

This will not come as a surprise to any of you, but this is going to be one crazy race in the Southeast Division and in the Eastern Conference. The Caps visited MTS Centre in Winnipeg Friday riding the confidence of a four-game win streak. Despite a gutsy effort, they would not leave victorious. When the final seconds ticked off the clock, the rabid fans in this long-forsaken, hockey-mad city sunk their teeth into a 3-2 win for the Jets which moved them to within two points of Washington on the Eastern Conference ladder...

March 16, 2012

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Jets 3, Capitals 2
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Four-Pointer Decided in Four-on-Four – The Caps and the Winnipeg Jets hooked up in a pretty good hockey game on Friday night in Winnipeg. It wasn’t a playoff game, but it had playoff implications and both teams played it that way for the full 60 minutes...

March 14, 2012

Pep rally
By Joe Beninati (Capitals TV Play-By-Play) at CSN - Washington, DC

For the second time in as many meetings the Caps showed the Islanders they would not quit until there was a winner decided. Two weeks ago the dramatic come-from-behind win was staged in the final five minutes of regulation time. In this game Tuesday, Washington would rally back from a three-goal deficit on two different occasions, before tripping up the New Yorkers in a shootout, 5-4...

Capitals’ leaders send message, sparking rally past Islanders
By Tarik El-Bashir at Washington Post's Capitals Insider

During the second intermission of Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout win on Long Island, veterans Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble acknowledged that more than one leader stood up to deliver a strong message to everyone in the Capitals’ dressing room...

March 13, 2012

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Capitals 5, Islanders 4, SO
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Two The Hard Way – The Washington Capitals came out flat for the first 20-plus minutes of the first game of an important five-game road trip on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. The Caps took minor penalties in the first minute and the last minute of the first frame, surrendering a power play goal against on the second one. Of the first two goals scored in the game by the Isles, neither was put into the net with a hockey stick, and neither touched an Islander last before entering the net...

Matt Hendricks' slick shootout winner for Caps
Posted at CSN - Washington, DC

Matt Hendricks scored in the fourth round of a shootout and Michal Neuvirth was great in OT leading the Capitals to a dramatic three-goal comeback over the Islanders.

March 12, 2012

George McPhee on Alex Ovechkin: ‘The league has adjusted to Ovi;
now it’s his turn to adjust’

Posted by Rick Maese at Washington Post's Capitals Insider

On Sunday, The Post took a closer look at how Alex Ovechkin has changed in recent years. Capitals General Manager George McPhee agreed to sit down for interview last week. He was very insightful, but we couldn't fit everything in the article. Below is a transcript with more of McPhee’s comments on his star player...

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